Barsha what? I’ve never heard of this before.
Welcome to the neighbourhood formerly known as TECOM. Earlier this month, TECOM Group, the authority in charge of the district, decided to give the busy residential and business community a more appealing moniker, and those in what is now Barsha Heights have taken to social media to express their surprise and delight.
I’m assuming the “Heights” alludes to the skyscrapers. What else do I need to know?
What it lacks in pavements, pedestrian walkways and lush green landscaping, the neighbourhood more than makes up for in little one-off eateries, supermarkets and salons. As a place to live, rents tend to be cheaper than in the neighbouring The Greens, while many of the buildings are also newer. There are also lots of hotels and hotel apartments to put your visitors up in, including the still relatively new Atana, which is a great
Where’s good to shop?
Biorganic houses a café and a supermarket selling all manner of organic and sustainable produce, and offering 15 percent off your shopping every Friday and Saturday. If you’re after home comforts imported from all over the world, there’s a modestly sized Park N Shop selling everything from treats to toiletries from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and beyond.
That’s my groceries covered then. Where’s worth grabbing a bite to eat out and about?
There are loads of options, so it depends what you’re after. Middle Eastern eatery Nar has an extensive menu of mezze and meaty mains, and also serves shisha. For something more casual, Manoushe Street serves some of the best manakish in town, 24 hours a day. For something Far Eastern, Fuschia is much-loved for its Thai cuisine, while Korean restaurant Kung at the Byblos hotel is hugely popular for its flavour-packed kimchi as much as its karaoke.
Speaking of karaoke, what’s the best way to spend an evening in the area?
There will be more happening in July and August, at which point we recommend putting The Laughter Factory’s comedy nights at Grand Millennium on your list (there’s also the option of a dinner package at Toshi beforehand), as well as the pub quiz at the perenially popular Crown & Lion. And as it’s summer and the crowds are smaller, you’re more likely to win…
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Despite only opening at the beginning of the year, LSB – as it is often called – has become one of the neighbourhood’s most consistently popular hangouts. With its industrial touches, colourful furnishings and huge showpiece window, the vibe is comfortable, casual and cool.
Grand Millennium (04 514 9195).